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Latest posts by KT53

'Flitter arias'......

Posted: 26/03/2016 at 18:50

My mother once asked at a garden centre if they had any cystitus!

Levelling an area with top soil

Posted: 25/03/2016 at 11:27

Ideally you should level the soil by raking and then 'heel in' by walking all over with the pressure on your heels rather than the soles of your feet.  That will show up any high spots and hollows.  Rake over again to address those areas and then seed or turf.

Trees or bushes that grow to 6-10m mature height

Posted: 22/03/2016 at 17:02

All crab apples do flower, and set with nice coloured fruit too.  Different varieties have different coloured fruit.  They also attract the birds to the garden in winter.

Trees or bushes that grow to 6-10m mature height

Posted: 22/03/2016 at 15:51

Rubi, trees or shrubs reaching 5-6 metres, 17 to 20 feet high can't be classed as small by any stretch of the imagination.  In your original post you referred to them being used for screening which suggested that these would be a continuous line.

It seems that you have modified your original thoughts, and that's not a problem at all.  It actually helps for making meaningful suggestions for practical solutions. 

As for the effect on neighbours gardens.  The sun isn't always high in the sky, and even when it is a line of trees (your original idea) would undoubtedly have cast a massive shadow over adjoining gardens.  That's academic now as the ideas have changed.

I'd go along with the idea of a crab apple.  It gives flower colour in the spring and wonderful autumn colour from the fruit.  The fruit isn't poisonous, just tastes horrible, which might actually be a good thing with a young child.  They might try it once, but never again!

Rowan (Mountain Ash) is another possibility, again good autumn colour from fruit and leaf.  You'd need to check out whether the fruit is poisonous on that one.

Trees or bushes that grow to 6-10m mature height

Posted: 22/03/2016 at 14:46

From the photo your garden looks to be about 10 metres wide and about 20 metres long.  If you are planting trees with an eventual height of 6 metres they are going to need to be planted at least a metre in from the fence, probably more, and will have an eventual spread of about 4 metres.  You are (a) going to lose an awful lot of garden space (b) have potentially a very dark garden and (c) a number of very unhappy neighbours as their gardens are going to be heavily shaded too.

I see in the photo that on neighbour has a large tree and that appears to spread about 3 metres into your garden already.  Multiply that effect by planting trees along the side and bottom of your garden and you will start to visualise the effect.

The mill looks to be at least 60 or 70 metres away from your house so why are you so concerned to screen it?  You can't create total privacy if you live in a house on a housing estate.

Moving a Peony

Posted: 22/03/2016 at 08:22
Fairygirl wrote (see)

Not sure what I've done to antagonise you and invoke such a strange reaction aym. 

I'll just use the ignore button now   

I've just come across the thread.  I would suggest that a comment like "There is a lot of nonsense talked..." isn't designed to endear the poster to people offering a different thoughts.

dry soil due to neighbour's conifers

Posted: 22/03/2016 at 08:19
Dave Morgan wrote (see)

Gardeners don't plant conifer hedges only inconsiderate people who are too lazy to garden in a considerate way.

Rather sweeping and inaccurate statement methinks.  There can be many perfectly valid reasons for planting a conifer hedge.  In the same way that I wouldn't plant a large tree near the house, but would plant one further down the garden, conifers have their place and value.


Posted: 22/03/2016 at 08:16

The mild winter has certainly meant that many bugs have survived the winter, or continued chomping on plants, when they would previously have not been a problem at this time of year.  I'm not sure that going out at night to pick them off is very practical.  Wandering around in the dark with a torch and then going in search of nettles or brambles is more likely to get you arrested these days!

I've recently put some primulas out in pots so I'll have to keep a close eye for them.  Any I do catch will certainly become bird food.

Soil or compost in New garden boxes

Posted: 21/03/2016 at 21:09
Sizeyuk1 wrote (see)

That could work out expensive for 4 planters, would I be ok with top soil, compost and a good feed.

Topsoil, compost and slow release fertiliser should do the job.  I certainly hope so anyway as I need to top up some 12' x 4' raised planters where the soil has dropped by about 6" since they were constructed a couple of years ago.  JI or other compost would cost a fortune.


Posted: 20/03/2016 at 15:37

There are some judgemental people here!  My mother used to look after her own garden until she was well into her 80s.  The only problem she had was in controlling a privet hedge which obviously loved it's location as it grew at a phenomenal rate.  She needed to cut it every few weeks.  She used hedge growth retardent.  Are you suggesting she was basically the devil's spawn for looking th reduce the heavy work?????

Maybe I'm in a minority, but I use chemicals when and where I need to.  I don't decry those who want to avoid them, so give those who choose to use them the same respect.

Discussions started by KT53

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late again 
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Probably shouldn't be surprised but...

dry / wet ground 
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EU bans glyphosate

nanny state again 
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Can you identify this please I don't have a scoobie 
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No Gardeners World and

it hasn't even been dumped for proper football! 
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"Sunken" area of lawn to raise it? 
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How do I add quotes from previous posts?

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Last Post: 27/02/2016 at 23:19

When will people learn the difference...

between "metres square" and "square metres". 
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Last Post: 01/03/2016 at 10:57

Apologies in advance...

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Last Post: 23/02/2016 at 22:42

Chitting spuds

remove shoots or not. 
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Last Post: 24/04/2016 at 13:13

Getting back into fruit & veg growing

any decent books? 
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Stuck for a plant idea

'memorial' plant 
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Last Post: 28/01/2016 at 21:24

If they could take their words back.

Latest GW 
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Last Post: 03/01/2016 at 22:46

Bye-bye bamboo

...eating my words. 
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At least it's well watered

forgetting you've left the sprinkler on. 
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